Original Author: Si Woo
Original Post Date: November 14, 2009
Original Post: http://blog.naver.com/siwoo_kim/120094823179
Translator: One Pine Tree
This is the second part of Si Woo’s “Strange Phenomena around Han Geng”.
For a better understanding of such irrational phenomena, I added a subtitle for each topic.
I also omitted Si Woo’s personal reflections on such phenomena, since I only wanted to deliver the facts in this entry.
1. NO TICKETS FOR HAN GENG FANS
Now I will talk about very interesting phenomena occurred at various venues of concerts or events.
Since the topic is the venue, this is all about fans.
Whenever the company (i,e. SME) had the control over the tickets, something very interesting happened at outside of the venues.
While the master of a SJ fans forum was passing out the tickets to each member’s fans, Han Geng fans were negotiating the ticket price with ticket scalpers in the corner.
The SJ fan forum is almost like an official SJ fan site in China and it has some relationships with the company.
Therefore, the company gave the tickets to the SJ forum, which passed them out to every member’s fans but Han Geng fans.
I don’t know what’s the reason behind such custom, but things was set up that way from time unknown.
At first we Geng fans thought that since the site supported ONLY 13 (i.e., because those all-fans who supported only 13 tended to dislike Han Geng), they did not share the tickets with Han Geng fans. However, they even distributed the tickets to fans of Henry and Zhomi, but not to Han Geng fans.
Thus, those Han Geng fans, who often went to venues, got used to getting tickets from scalpers.
Han Geng fans became much skilled at picking up who were scalpers among crowds and negotiating the ticket price with them.
The OPPO fan meeting in August was a perfect exemplar.
The venue was divided into two floors: only small number of Han Geng fans were seated in the both sides of the first floor but 90% of audiences on the second floor were occupied by Han Geng fans.
This was surely not a normal situation.
2. NO LED-LIGHTED SIGNS FOR HAN GENG FANS
One of strange phenomena was some problems related to LED-lighted signs of Han Geng fans.
The LED-lighted signs that print star’s names or symbols are very popular supporting materials in China, even more popular than blue-light sticks.
Although there used to be some minor conflicts around LED-lighted signs among fans, but things got more serious since one event this year early.
Fans were prohibited from bringing LED-lighted signs into the venue.
With such a sudden regulation, we were perplexed. Later we found that a person from Pepsi-Cola was present at the venue upon the SME’s request.
In fact, in 2008, when Coke offered to endorse Han Geng only, the company insisted on including the whole SJM group, which was a vain attempt. Then, at this time, the Pepsi offered to endorse Han Geng only again.
Therefore, the company, with the lesson from the Coke’s case, decided to prove that Han Geng’s popularity was not that different from that of other members. For that purpose, the company regulated the use of fans’ LED-lighted signs. Since, without LED-lighted signs, it was hard to tell individual member’s popularity, all the fans at the venue looked like one single fandom of SJM.
The Pepsi person who retained a strong impression on the SJM’s popularity accepted the SME’s insist on including all SJM members so the CF deal was made. In result, SJM successfully finished filming the Pepsi CF in February.
However, another serious problem occurred at Chengdu Super Show on March 7, 2009.
After the successful CF deal with the Pepsi, the company seemed to realize the effect of LED-lighted sign regulation so did not allow Han Geng fans to bring signs into the venue, including 4 large banners, each of which costed almost $4000.
Due to the oversize of the banners, Han Geng fans had to leave them outside of the venue.
But once Han Geng fans entered to the venue, they observed ridiculous situations.
Unlikely Han Geng fans, other members’ fans were able to bring all kinds of signs, boards, banners including those oversized ones that Han Geng fans had to give up.
Han Gen fans couldn’t understand such strange situations.
However, the real heart-broken incident occurred after the concert was over.
Han Geng fans found that one banner was missing and the rest three got chopped up.
Han Geng fans were outraged.
The next day, at Super Junior bar, one fan claimed that it was she who chopped the banners up.
She was a fan of Only 13, who extended her hatred on SJM to Han Geng.
Han Geng fans had intense debates on whether or not seeking for lawful punishment or financial compensation for this hideous fan.
At the end, the master of Han Geng bar declared to make a closure by supporting Han Geng harder next time with the lesson from this incident. So things did get settled down without further turmoil.
After that incident, as Super Junior’s 3rd album promotion activities started, SJM’s activities in China decreased.
Thus there were not much conflicts among fans.
However, when SJM started the promotion activities of its mini album, the SME’s discrimination against Han Geng fans’ supporting goods started again.
Han Geng fans couldn’t enjoy the situation where only their supporting goods were the regulation targets by the company.
Thus at Shang Hai Super SHow II, out of a sudden, small yellow flags which printed “Geng” of Han Geng started to appear.
Since those tiny flags were easily rolled up and hidden to get sneaked into the venue, they were perfect for supporting goods.
Han Geng, who was fully aware of what’s going on around him and his fans, really enjoyed the sight of those yellow flags at the venue. Since then, those yellow flags became official supporting goods of Han Geng fans.
At SJM’s mini album release press conference, I remember that there was only one huge LED-lighted sign of Han Geng at the back and most of Han Geng fans carried yellow flags.
3. “THE STAGE WITHOUT HAN GENG WAS MORE FABULOUS!” : THE ONLY 12 MOVEMENT IN CHINA
Han Geng did not show up at SM concert on June 23, 2007 during so-called his eight-months dark period.
The next day, some Chinese fans covered the free board of the SM home page with the messages of “The Stage without Han Geng was even more fabulous!”
It was around May of 2008, very critical time, when Han Geng would be decided to become a flame-bearer for the 2008 Bei Jing Olympic. That time, some ONLY 13 fans made a petition for supporting ONLY 13 movement on the streets, by deceiving the public into signing on the fake petition seeking for “Supporting the flame-bearer Han Geng”.
This nearly costed Han Geng’s qualification for a flame-bearer. They are not ONLY 13 fans, but ONLY 12 fans, literally ANTIs of Han Geng.
In addition, intolerable curses by those so-called only 12 fans were thrown toward Han Geng, the only person who could understand such rubbishes in Chinese, at various places of venues, airports, and hotels.
I have to be honest now. It is not a pleasant work to translate Si Woo’s entries.
Again, this entry was written even before the lawsuit.
There are three more entries that talked about the SME’s unfair treatments toward Han Geng and his fans, all of which were written before the lawsuit.
Thus this lawsuit was not really a big shock to many devoted Han Geng fans.
We knew this would occur soon, but we just did not know when.